Wednesday, August 15
6 – 7:30 pm
Limited enrollment: 30 maximum
Fritz Horstman is Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Albers Foundation. He has developed and presented workshops and lectures for institutions such as the Bauhaus Dessau, Dia:Beacon, The Drawing Center, Princeton University, Bennington College, Yale University, Exploratorium San Francisco, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, and the Lebanese American University in Beirut, as well as numerous elementary, middle and high schools and community centers. He has shown his own art in recent exhibitions in France, Russia, Japan, Norway, California, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn.
Working directly from Albers’s teaching notes from the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale University, we approach color with open eyes, working through exercises such as “make three colors become four” and “four color worlds.” Because of the abstract and subjective nature of color, this workshop is useful to all artists — those focused on color and those focused elsewhere.
Sunday, June 3 – Sunday, July 26, 2018
A new edition of the ECOCA artist-in-residence workspace program where artists and collectives each occupy a room in the John Slade Ely House Galleries, a 1905 English Elizabethan style house, to produce work that includes film, painting, illustration, video and social practice.
The International Arts & Ideas Festival is planning a public tour on Saturday, June 23 @ 3 pm, of the Ely Center's Artists-in-Residence and a Closing Reception on July 26 from 5 – 7 pm. Other special programming will be announced throughout the month—studio visits for the residents and workshops, panels, conversations, screenings, and other public events driven by the artists-in-residence.
ECOCA A.I.R. editions reinforce our mission to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where artists, arts organizations and the public assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice.
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Steve DiGiovanni will be giving an artist talk and slide presentation on May 23 from 6-7 pm.
Steve is a professional artist and instructor who lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. He has exhibited throughout the region and is included in numerous private collections as well as the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has completed portraits for the Yale University department of political science, the Yale school of medicine and other private and professional clients. His work and exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including the New York Times and Art New England.
He received his MFA at The Maryland Institute College of Art, 1987 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Norwalk Community College. He is also the Instructor and Department Head for Painting and Drawing at the Creative Arts Workshop.
Paul Clabby and Turner Brooks will be having a conversation about Levni Sinanoglu and his work, to coincide with the current show "Circling Lev" May 17th from 5-8pm.
Come see the show, works by these two artists and others in the show.
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Feel at home with the arts!
Help us preserve the past and create the future.
For 55+ years, artists and their audiences have come together within the Elizabethan John Slade Ely House Galleries. Our Great Give goal this year is $10,000. Please donate during this 36-hour event that ends May 2 at midnight. We are grateful for any and all amounts!
This Thursday is Silence Breakers closing party with works by 100+ regional artists in all media. Join us for a performance by The Resistance Choir at 7 pm followed by an art and activism talk by TL Duryea. Share your stories and be part of Nasty Women Testimonials Project. Light refreshments.
An unjuried open call exhibition
Opening International Women's Day
The Ely Center of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Nasty Women Connecticut present the group exhibition, Silence Breakers. We invite artists working across disciplines, to create artwork that addresses issues of abuse, consent, and identity as well as themes of domesticity and home. The show will look at the often-blurred line between security and insecurity in the home, providing room to explore ideas around gender, equity, sexuality, individuality and domestic life.
Throughout the month of March, the Ely Center will host a series of programs related to this year’s theme, including a panel discussion moderated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, performances, film screenings, nights, workshops, and artists talks.
Sunday, February 18th 1-4pm:
Dr. Robert Bourgeois will speak about the ecological aspect of spirituality, as well as current political concerns relating to humanity’s relationship to the environment.
Katro Storm will be presenting his progression in 21 Paintings in 21 Days that he has been working on during gallery hours at ECOCA.
Makers Day - Recycled Tote Bags
Sunday, February 4th 2-4pm:
Faustin Adeniran, Susan McCaslin, Alexis Musinski and Roxanne Faber Savage will guide you in sewing your own tote bags made from a variety of recycled materials provided by us! Make a gift for someone or keep it for yourself! All are welcome
- $10 donation
TODAY—DON'T MISS IT!
All are welcome, you don't not need to be an artist to participate in at this event.
This is not a directed class, we will only provide the models.
You don't have to be an artist and it's open to all ages!
Please bring your own paper and drawing materials.
The Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art—stewards of John Slade Ely House’s revival—invite you to join us for art, merriment, and thanks in the Elizabethan mansion Grace Ely left to New Haven’s arts community over 55 years ago.
The party directly follows the opening reception of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club Annual Members Juried Exhibition from 1–3 pm.
Musical Performance by the Resistance Choir
The New Haven Resistance Choir is a group of volunteer singers who gather to learn songs of resistance and hope and then perform them in and around New Haven, CT
Celebratory libation in honor of Grace’s Trust concocted by
A special thanks for our neighbors and friends for their generous support
- Mickey’s Restaurant
- Wave Gallery
- Romeo & Joe's
- Katahdin Furniture
Public Reception: Sunday, December 3, 1 – 3 pm
In 1961, the The New Haven Paint & Clay Club found a home for its exhibitions at The John Slade Ely House, where it now sponsors its exhibitions yearly.
In 1900, a group of Connecticut artists met and formed the NHPCC, now one of New England’s oldest, and still active, arts organizations. New Haven was chosen primarily because of the Yale School of the Fine Arts, where many of the artists had studied. Many of the important American artists of the 1900s were represented in the Club’s early exhibits.
Arthur Guagliumi, Nevsky Prospect. (NHPCC's Permanent Collection)
Nasty Women New Haven (NWNH) invites all New England film makers, experienced or novice, to participate in the Nasty Women Film Event. The power of art to illuminate issues and build community has been demonstrated throughout the ages, most recently through the Nasty Women Art Installation, and we plan to do it again! Through our next event NWNH aims to unite and give voice to all members of society, and to raise awareness of issues affecting women, immigrants, and, those who have been marginalized under the current administration. This film exhibition will provide a forum for communication about these critical challenges through the medium of moving image. Filmmaking is a critical agent of social change, and the NWNH Film Event offers an opportunity for artists of all ages to share their voice, art, and, stories in an open and inclusive forum.
All submission donations benefit:
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services
Make the Road CT
1–2 pm | COLOR THEORY EXPLORED
Join A.I.R. painter, Shilo Ratner for a talk about color theory followed by a hands-on workshop. Shilo will introduce participants to the color wheel and discuss color interaction and lead everyone through an exciting collage project. No fee to participate. Materials provided.
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1–4 pm | WE GRAB OUR OWN
A participatory drop-in workshop with artist Alexandra Rutsch Brock as part of A.I.R. collective Nasty Women CT Film Fest. Come and decorate a ceramic vagina sculpture to add to our collaborative wall installation. Alexandra, who originally exhibited a version of this project last year for the Nasty Women Exhibition, has generously agreed to make 200 small ceramic (and already fired) vagina sculptures for you to paint, embellish and bedazzle.
Details: $20 donation to Planned Parenthood gets you two (2) sculptures to decorate so you can keep one and add one to the community installation. We hope to sell these artworks at our closing reception on November 17 and donate proceeds to Planned Parenthood.
2–3 pm | CONVERSATION: ART AND ACTIVISM
A presentation by Planned Parenthood in conjunction with Nasty Women CT We Grab Our Own participatory workshop.
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Cat Balco, Jeanne Criscola, and Karen Ostrom
Sunday, October 8 at 2pm
Cat Balco is an artist writer and who has shown her paintings, murals, and collaborative projects widely; recent venues include Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) Artspace (New Haven, CT); The Painting Center (New York City), and the University Gallery (Sacramento, CA). She has served as a visiting artist at institutions including the Maine College of Art, Swarthmore College, Pratt Institute at the Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, and Yale University.
Jeanne Criscola has built her reputation by integrating her experiences as a designer, artist, and educator collaborating with individuals and international organizations on arts and culture issues and social justice initiatives. Her artworks, which have been exhibited internationally, take the form of the book, drawing, photography, moving image, installation, generative art, and performance. Jeanne’s most high-profile publications and exhibitions are the many award-winning projects she has created for the Soros Foundations, one of which is in the Franklin Furnace collection of MOMA.
Karen Ostrom is a Canadian artist working in photography, installation, video and most recently, animation. Her work with linear and non-linear narratives has been developing for many years under the umbrella project Holiday in Hope, a fictional fishing village where the characters, all played by Ostrom, are defined by their labour or profession. Initially meant to be metaphors for the human psyche, the characters, over time, began to take on a life of their own initiating project content and direction.
by Ilona Somogyi the Co-Founder of Ball and Socket Arts
The mission of Ball & Socket Arts, Inc. is to create a collaborative arts center in the former Ball and Socket Manufacturing Company factory in Cheshire, CT. The center will partner the visual and performing arts, community arts programming, artist studio space, arts education, and design workshops to create a synergetic arts hub that serves Cheshire and the south-central region of Connecticut. Ball & Socket Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
Ellen Hackl Fagan, Cynthia Beth Rubin and Suzan Shutan
Ellen Hackl Fagan is on a quest to hear the sound of cobalt blue. Working with saturated colors when painting sensitized her to color’s communicative nature. Building connections between color and sound through abstract paintings, photography and interactive digital technologies, she seeks to create a synaesthetic language that pairs color to sound. She is developing The Reverse Color Organ and the ColorSoundGrammar Game, two interactive projects that enable viewers to explore the aural potential of color. Her process walks the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music, revealing limitless possibilities for improvisation. Fagan exhibits her artwork throughout the greater New York metropolitan area and maintains her studio and curatorial practice in Bushwick. Ellen Hackl Fagan is the owner of ODETTA, a new artist run gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC.
Cynthia Beth Rubin (b. 1950, Rochester NY) is a new media artist based in New Haven, CT USA, with a studio practice extending from New York City to Narragansett, RI. Rubin is a gradate of Antioch College, in Ohio (BA), and Maryland Institute, College of Art (MFA).
Watch a clip here: https://vimeo.com/234063047
Suzan Shutan received a BFA from Cal Arts, Valencia, CA, and a MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross, NJ. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
ECOCA will be participating in the Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District Presents Fall Free For All – A Taste of the Arts. Joan Fitzsimmons will be running a Photogram/Cyanotype Workshop inspired by the gelatin silver print photograms and paper sun prints used in Karen Ostrom's piece, Periodically.
For more info on Fall Free for All: http://newhavenarts.org/fallfreeforall/
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars
Curators Dave Coon and Aicha woods
Thursday, June 29, 6-8pm
Though always open to all, on this day the exhibit extends an especially friendly welcome to young visitors, offering an interactive scavenger hunt to lead eager explorers through the gallery, prompting questions to deepen young viewers’ engagement with the artwork, and design-your-own-flag coloring pages. Plus, we’ll feature all-ages special events!
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Our events are made possible in part through the generous support of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Wells Fargo.
Artist, activist, and entrepreneur Jay Critchley will open a conversation on social practice as art.